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Feb 20, 2013 4:30pm PST
round trip, blasting asteroids to do it safely. for us, viewing the game on a video screen, the asteroids spaceship appears to live on the surface of a two-dimensional plane. but actually, it could be "living" in other places, like the surface of a cylinder or even more exotic surfaces. that's where topology comes in, a branch of mathematics concerned with the study of spatial relationships that don't depend on measurement and is more concerned with concepts like "between" or "inside" and how things are connected. a topologist doesn't care that we bent the asteroid universe to better understand it. in fact, to a topologist nothing happened. the game's universe is still the same, it's just viewed from a different perspective. this looking at the world from a different perspective is at the core of topology, and today helps mathematicians get to the essence of many unusual puzzles. and it all started with seven bridges. in the early 18th century, one of the world's greatest mathematicians pondered a popular puzzle of his day. it was a puzzle about the town konigsberg, a town
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